Concrete landscaping encompasses a large scope of lawn decoration. It can include borders, walls, and even sculptures. However, the most common concrete landscaping piece is the concrete pond. A pond can be a great accent to your yard, and with a few fish and a little electric waterfall, your backyard can become the relaxing center of your own little park at home. So if you do decide that a pond is the type of concrete landscaping you would like to have in your yard, there are some tips you should take into consideration.
Any good concrete landscaping and definitely a good pond is all about not taking the easy route, bur rather the higher quality and more effective route. A badly installed pond will cost you a lot more than you save on the front end, just as any bad concrete landscaping can. Repairs, maintenance, and even replacement or removal can be a result of bad installation and shortcuts. Concrete landscaping is about quality and long-term beauty, and that goes double for ponds.
When it comes to concrete landscaping, you want to make sure you are using the right type and amount of concrete. For a good pond, you should pour the concrete to at least six inches in depth. Once you have figured out what the dimensions of your pond will be and where the outline of it will fall, you should make sure all of the soil, dirt, and rocks are out. Then, forms should be built (as with any concrete landscaping) and the concrete should be poured over an area where rebar has been properly put in.
In almost all cases, concrete landscaping requires some digging. Pond installation is no different. Depending on what type of soil is in the area, you will likely need picks, crowbars, shovels, and a wheelbarrow to haul the soil away. You will want to be ready with a level (to make sure the area is level where you dig), string, rebar, plastic, and a two-by-four board.
Most all concrete landscaping, for the sake of a consistent look and even level, should be poured in one day. Again, ponds are no different then any other concrete landscaping in this regard. However, if the pond is really big, you can go ahead and spread your pouring out into sections of the pond and do it over a couple of days. Your best bet, though, is to try to find a way to pour the entire thing in one day. You should pour the bottom of the pond first, then the sides, and if you have shelves they should be done after that. The final part you pour should be the top of the pond. This is true whether you are spreading the process out or doing it in one day. Concrete landscaping requires some patience.
Concrete landscaping is an exciting part of making your yard come alive. A concrete pond certainly falls into that category. With a well built and poured concrete pond, you will have concrete landscaping that is ready to go in a matter of days. Concrete landscaping simply takes patience and planning and you will have the yard that is the envy of all.